Are you heading out on a summer vacation but worried about gaining weight? Here are some tips to help you stay on track with your weight loss goals, while still enjoying your trip.

First and foremost, remember to respect the surgical changes that you have made to your body. Consistency is key to success after surgery, as studies show that slim people tend to eat about the same number of calories every day. Don't give in to temptation just because it's a special occasion like a birthday or a vacation. Making a habit of this is not how slim people live a normal life, but it's often a hallmark of an obese life.

Take a cue from naturally slim people around you. They are not indulging in fried or creamy fare, even on a cruise or an all-inclusive resort vacation. In fact, they are often eating healthier options like beef fillet, asparagus, and berries with a touch of whipped cream. And they enjoy staying active, like taking extra laps around the deck instead of lounging in the buffet line. On the other hand, excessive indulgent feasting is often associated with the overconsumption of calories and weight gain. Keep this in mind the next time you are tempted to join the "all you can eat" crowd.

If you are attending a family reunion or a gathering, aim to choose healthier options and avoid putting yourself in the spotlight by grabbing junk food. Keep in mind that you have already made permanent changes to your food list after your surgery. There are now foods that are anytime, sometime, and no time - and you know which ones fit into which category.

Finally, when you are dining out, don't panic! You can still enjoy a delicious meal by choosing a protein-rich option and adding veggies, no matter where you are in the world. And remember, there's more to life than food. Take in the sights and sounds around you, and focus on the joyful moments that don't revolve around eating. Reward yourself with a smile and feel good knowing you can do this while respecting the lines your surgery has given you.

We hope these tips help you stay on track during your summer vacation. Enjoy your travels, and stay true to your goals!

December 21, 2023
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